Guys are the major audience of comics translated from Japanese and generally known as manga. Despite their omnivorousness, they are targeted by several genres like seinen, shonen, ecchi and hentai. Any of them can contain some comedy, drama, fantasy, mysticism and others.
Shonen manga usually features male protagonists in high-action humorous plots about friendship in teams. Sometimes attractive girls appear – check Dragon Ball Z. Shonen style is typically more reserved than shojo, though some artists are engaged in both. The best shounen are:Air Gear by Oh! GreatBeck Manga by Harold SakuishiBleach by Tite KuboCaptain Tsubasa by Takahashi YoichiFairy Tail by Mashima HiroGintama by Hideaki SorachiHayate the Combat Butler by Kenjirou HataHunter X Hunter by Togashi YoshihiroMahou Sensei Negima! by Ken AkamatsuO-Parts Hunter by Seishi KishimotoRosario+Vampire by Ikeda AkihisaRurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro WatsukiSchool Rumble by Jin KobayashiMen (18-30 years old and even 40-year-old businessmen) are served by seinen manga with many art styles (from avant-garde to pornographic) and themes. Seinen means guys and is the male equivalent to josei manga. The best seinen are:3×3 Eyes by Yuuzou TakadaAddicted To Curry by Funatsu KazukiBerserk by Kentaro MiuraBlack Lagoon by Hiroe ReiChobits by CLAMPGenshiken by Kio ShimokuHellsing by Kouta HiranoMaison Ikkoku by Rumiko TakahashiOh My Goddess! by Kosuke FujishimaPsychic Academy by KATSU AkiYokohama Kaidashi Kikou by Ashinano HitoshiWestern fans know little of seinen manga for its scarce publishing outside Japan and hardly distinguish it from shonen. Old Japanese men often read convenient shonen magazines in commuter trains.
Ecchi manga is famous for eroticism. Unlike hentai with its explicit sex, ecchi shows erotic scenes with a hint at sexual relations varying in openness depending on the target audience age.
The main art device in ecchi is a fun service (a free bonus). It uses hints at eroticism like showing characters (primarily girls for the male target audience) in ambiguous poses, foreshortening for viewers to see the character’s underwear (pantsu shot), exaggerating breasts and buttocks, various awkward situations for a male character like accidentally appearing at a women bath or checkroom or falling on a girl, etc.
The most well-known ecchi manga are:AIKI by IsutoshiDNA^2 by Masakazu KatsuraFutaba-kun Change by Hiroshi AroGirl Saurus by Kei KusunokiIchigo 100% by Mizuki KawashitaI’s by Katsura MasakazuLove Hina by Ken AkamatsuMx0 by Yasuhiro KanoPastel by Toshihiko KobayashiTo-LOVE-Ru ~Trouble~ by Saki Hasemi and Kentaro YabukiAs a whole, apart from a fun service, ecchi aims to give the plotline certain scenes and angles that don’t create the plot but ask for some feedback from the target audience to increase its interest and/or attract potential viewers.
Ecchi and fun service elements are present virtually in all anime and manga targeting juvenile audience of 16-25. For example, a usual fun service for seinen anime are erotic hints (ecchi) or colorful battle scenes.
Hentai manga features erotic and porn scenes. The softest hentai version without explicit sex is ecchi above. Underlying ecchi, a fun service has nothing to do with hentai though.
Hentai (ugliness or pervert in Japanese) pornographic scenes can be of different content and type. The variations include yaoi, yuri, horrors and other. But classifying hentai only by erotic content would be wrong since like any other anime hentai can include comedy, mysticism, fiction, fantasy, romance, etc.
Japanese hentai makers have to censor their opuses like any other porn. However American anime releases have no inguinal region curtains thus enjoying great popularity in Europe.
The most famous hentai are:God of black tights by Hiroki TsukiyoshiDawn of the Silver Dragon by Masayoshi MukaiLove Selection by Gunma KisaragiMy Lovely Ghost Kana by Yutaka TanakaMy Slave by DistanceShoujo Material by Hanaharu NarukoJapanese manga differs greatly from American comics in drawing style and plot. Supermen and zombies are rather rare in manga. It mostly has a complicated but appealing plot and a lot of a fun service doesn’t leave its audience indifferent.
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